Honda has revealed a range of upgrades for the 2020 Civic which encompass exterior styling enhancements, improvements to the infotainment system and materials used in the cabin, to further enhance the car’s usability and premium feel. Deliveries are expected in January.
The refreshed Civic builds on the car's purposeful silhouette and muscular stance by adding a new elegant, symmetrical lower front grille around the fog lights, with smoothed surfaces and sleek styling blades. A simpler grille beam configuration and new air-intake design give the front profile a cleaner, more aerodynamic design.
Upgrades to the Civic’s face also include full LED headlight clusters, and redesigned LED daytime running lights that follow the dynamic lines of the styling blades. New 16-inch alloy wheels are available for the entry-level model, while mid- and top-range models can be styled with sporty Shark Grey 17-inch alloys for customers wanting a more dramatic look.
Adding to the range of existing colour options, the Civic will also be available in a stand-out new paint finish, Obsidian Blue.
The refined interior of the Civic has been upgraded with the inclusion of new textured interior panels that reinforce the sophisticated, premium ambience. The Civic continues to combine class-leading versatility and practical usability, now with the added benefit of an electric eight-way adjustable driver’s seat available on top-of-the-range models.
The intuitive, connected infotainment system connects the driver with the car seamlessly and incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Honda has enhanced usability by adding physical buttons and dials for the infotainment and climate controls - in response to customer demand (it says ).
The Civic retains its range of highly-efficient and powerful engines, with CVT or six-speed manual transmissions. The 1.0 litre VTEC Turbo unit, with 126PS and 200Nm of torque, achieves NEDC CO2 emissions from 107g/km for the CVT-equipped model, and WLTP fuel economy from 49.6mpg. The larger 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo petrol option produces 182PS and 240Nm of torque, with emissions from 128g/km for the six-speed manual model and combined promised fuel economy of 46.3mpg.
Honda’s recently revised 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine offers 120PS and torque of 300Nm, combined with emissions of 90g/km when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, and fuel economy of 62.8mpg.
Honda boasts that the refreshed Civic retains a sophisticated chassis set up that delivers outstanding handling and ride comfort. It adds that a lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell – the product of innovative new engineering and construction techniques – complements the lower centre of gravity and the sophisticated MacPherson strut suspension system to deliver an engaging and fun driving experience.
The Civic continues to benefit from an industry-leading suite of active safety technologies that helped the model earn top ratings in the Euro NCAP tests.The passive safety features of the Civic are complemented by Honda Sensing active safety and driver assist technologies, installed on all grades. The safety system incorporates collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist system and traffic sign recognition.
Building on its 40-year heritage, the latest Civic remains a class-leading, practical car, now with added refinement and new dynamic styling.